Sunday, August 14, 2016

Berry Patch

Last year I planted blackberries and raspberries around 3 sides of my apiary.   The berries act as a windblock for the bees and it was nice to give the berries a place where they could go a little hogwild.

And they have.   Some of the canes are a good 12 feet long.   When we prune next, I'm going to pull out my 4 ft stakes and put in some 6 ft ones so I can impose some order into this thicket and make it easier to harvest.

As it is, Pepper snags the ripe berries at the bottom and we lose a few on the interior of the thicket where they can't be seen, but we're getting enough that everyone is happily munching on fresh blackberries most days.  
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